Dr Alison Allan

Western University

Dr Alison Allan
How bones help breast cancers spread

Breast cancers, the second leading cause of death from cancer in Canadian women, are much more difficult to treat when they spread (metastasize) to distant parts of the body. A particular protein made in the bone could play a role in this process but has not been well studied. Dr Alison Allan and her team revealed that this protein promoted both breast cancer spread to the bone and tumour growth in the lab. This research could lead to a new way to stop breast cancer from spreading.

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